I've been using the thin kerf style blades for a couple of years now but I'm
beginning to think I ought to go back to the 1/8" kerfed blades for my TS
and MS. Less deflection, longer life, more carbide for resharpening and a
kerf that's easy to account for are just a few reasons. The only advantage
to a thin kerf I can see is less strain on a motor when using a dull blade.
What are your thoughts?
I've been told by the folks that sell WW2, that think kerf is better suited
for a TS with less that 3HP.
I've got the regular kerf and I'm planning to by the thin kerf at the next
Woodworkers Show in Sacramento.
I use a full kerf on a 2HP saw and it goes through wood like butter. Ok,
I haven't tried 12/4 maple yet, but 4/4 maple is a breeze...
Does your saw have a hard time? Slow feed rates or bogging? If not, why
buy a thin kerf blade if you have a very expensive regular kerf blade
I've got a Ridgid TS2400LS saw. We got it almost 2 years ago when I was
starting taking classes in woodshop. If I knew then what I know now, I
would have spent the extra money and bought a "real" cabinet saw. I've
ripped alder, oak and cedar with the WW2 with no problems (maybe a little
burn, but no hesitation).
Ok, you've convinced me to save the $90 at the show and buy some other
"toy". Also I've got $85 coming to me from working at the polling place
this last Tuesday. Wow, what can $175 buy?
Unless you cut a lot of thick stock, I don't see much benefit but I do see
some potential problems with wavy cuts. They also recommend a stabilizer
with the thin kerf. For my use, I just don't seen enough of a benefit.
isn't that a tiny amount? I prefer the std kerf blade for being less
flexible and more apt to run true. I HATE the thin kerf blades on my
miter box; can't do a wide cut without getting a curved cut. no matter
how slow I feed the blade. learned the hard way when cutting shallow
drawer pieces from baltic birch. That problem prompted me to halt a
project and spend the day building a 2 runner sled with Incra slides.
Now I crosscut anything I want dead straight, on the TS.
B a r r y wrote:
I switched to a 44 tooth GP Freud Diablo thin kerf on my 12" TS and have
been real happy with it. I have been mainly dealing with hard maple up to
8/4s, but also ply, teak and cedar (up to 16/4). I also cut all the
aluminum plate 3/4" for mounting servo motors for my CNC mill conversion. I
just installed it as with any blade, no stabalizers. I have cross cut glued
boards 20" wide and I can flip one side over and the butt is perfect.
Having a sliding table Wadkin where everything is adjustable does help:).
Another post mentioned re-sharpening, from memory I paid about $35.00 from
either Lowe's of HD, at that price I'd rather have a new blade.
What little extra wood you lose, you make up for in a more rigid, less
likely to flex or warp blade in the full kerf versions
Only time I can think that a thin kerf would be useful is on grossly
underpowered saws, OR in production of LOTS of thin strips/inlay stuff
with expensive exotic woods. And if the wood is that expensive/rare,
then a bandsaw would be very viable alternative if not a better choice
Personally I find very little difference in wood saving between using a band
and table saw, presuming that the cut is within the capacity of both saws,
more so the thicker the wood. I am quite prepared to accept that it is my
technique. choice of equipment etc, in which case I welcome enlightenment.
I have found very few BS blades that track perfectly, I've tried euro style
flat , cam adjusted tangental and cool block type bearings. No matter how
carefully I adjust, the resulting cut always needs some planing action, with
both sides of the cut being planed net savings are generally zero.
One of my neighbors had a wood shop for years and used thin kerf blades for
just that reason. When he retired, he used all the wood saved from it to
build a new house and furniture for it. Sure is a lot of glue joints with
all the small pieces, but he saved a bundle.
OK.... time to fess up!!
Awww ... Now come on .... Who _gave_ him the forty tons of glue he needed
Curious minds wanna know :-)
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